Departure Date – June 8

I bought the tickets.  We’re committed.

I can’t believe what a nightmare this has been.  I never, ever thought the relatively simple act of getting to Prudhoe Bay from Boise could be so difficult.  Let’s see if I can somehow recap all this – just for posterity’s sake.

 Way back when we started discussing options for getting up to Prudhoe Bay.  One option was to ship the bikes and drive ourselves – “simple enough,” we said.  Not quite.  When I called Alaska Air they informed me that

  1. We couldn’t ship our bikes because we weren’t “known shippers” and
  2. We couldn’t ship them because they didn’t fit on the plane – the only planes out of Boise were small.

We gave up on that option and concentrated on figuring out how to drive up.  At some point in the discussion the option of John and the boys driving up early and me flying up after I finish the school year surfaced.  John called Alaska Air again to find out if we could put a single bike on the plane – that way they would only have to haul two of them.  In his conversation with the rep, he discovered that flight 381 out of Boise at 3:03 in the afternoon was a big plane – we could put all the bikes on that.  I called back to talk with them and confirmed that was, indeed, the case.  We could fly after all.

So today I called to actually buy the tickets.  Flight 381 at 3:03 doesn’t exist.  And all planes out of Boise are small.  There is no way to fly Alaska Air.  (Apparently Horizon is buying out this route from Alaska and they only operate small planes – the change is effective in May.  Flight 381 did exist a couple weeks ago.)

OK - so where do we go from here?  I started searching the internet to find a big plane out of Boise – going anywhere.  And from that anywhere to Prudhoe Bay – on a big plane.  After spending nearly three hours on the internet and talking with representatives from Alaska Air and Expedia, I’ve come up with a plan that I think will work.

We fly out of Boise at 1:05 on June 8 to Salt Lake City.  From there we head south to Phoenix, then north to Anchorage, then on to Fairbanks, and finally arrive in Prudhoe Bay at 8:44 the next morning.  And we hope our bikes arrive with us.

Next time I’m going to choose a big city with lots of flights out of it – bag this little airport stuff!

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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6 Responses to Departure Date – June 8

  1. Lora April 2, 2008 at 3:45 am #

    Gosh I never would have thought Boise to be a small airport…. Anyway…guess you’ll get to see some more than you thought?? As ifyou could squeeze in any more!


  2. nancy April 2, 2008 at 5:11 am #

    Hey Lora – crazy huh?? I’m just REALLY glad that Dash is small enough to be able to take him on board with us. I can’t imagine having to put him down below during all those flights.


  3. Greg April 4, 2008 at 7:24 am #

    Boise Airport Motto:
    “Ya’ll kan’t git there from here…..”


  4. nancy April 4, 2008 at 10:42 am #



  5. Fran April 14, 2008 at 9:28 am #

    You’re gonna have to flap extra hard with all the extra weight of the bikes. Hope they give you TWO bags of peanuts.


  6. nancy April 14, 2008 at 9:36 am #

    Hey Fran!! Great to see you here! I’m still dreading that flight – I don’t know what we will do if our bikes don’t show up. I suppose we’ll camp out in the airport parking lot for a while…


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